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  • The Italian Girl

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Eva Alexander
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

  • By Apts48 on 09-08-14

Stop with the forced accents, Audible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-15

What disappointed you about The Italian Girl?

This story is set in Italy, written in the first person and read completely unnecessarily in a forced Italian accent. We do not need our books 'acted out' or interpreted or coloured in by the reader, Audible! And we especially do not need them acted/interpreted/coloured using an accent unnatural to the reader. We just need them to be read well in a way that allows us to connect with the author and her/his story. I couldn't bare to listen to enough of this to get any sense of the story at all and have returned it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lucinda Riley again?

Yes, provided it is read by a different reader.

How could the performance have been better?

No forced 'italian' accent, no over-emoting, just read in a way that does not get in the way of the story and the author.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
    402 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Waiting for Sunrise

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters.... Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Writer or Reader?

  • By Julian E. Boyce on 05-04-12

Merits re-listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-13

Loved previous Boyd novels but wasn't totally taken with this one at first - listened at bedtime & kept nodding off so the plot became somewhat obscure. Plus the emphasis on psyche in publisher's blurb is misleading. BUT then I got curious, then I got engaged & then I listened to it again from start and it hooked me. Reader doesn't represent women characters well, as previous review said, and II didn't feel they were well written either so that's an issue but I will be listening again to this sometime in the future and that signifies a good book in my estimation.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Carnival for the Dead

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

It's February, and Carnival time in Venice. Bright blue skies and freezing temperatures welcome forensic pathologist Teresa Lupo to the city. Teresa has taken time out from her job to find her beloved bohemian aunt Sofia who has mysteriously disappeared. There seem to be no clues as to her whereabouts, but a visit to Sofia's very strange apartment in the Dorsoduro confirms Teresa’s suspicions that all is not well....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit different

  • By MRS on 27-01-12

Spoilt by reader

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-12

This was my first taste of Dave Hewson's writing in any form and I'm still not sure what I think of it but I am sure that the melodrammatic reading by Juanita McMahon isn't helping one bit. She acts the book rather than reading it and this distorts the relationship between novel and reader by interposing McMahon's own, florid interpretation. Furthermore, her pronunciation of the Italian words sprinkled through the narrative is just plain bad and that is unforgiveable in a story set in Venice! Surely the producers of the audiobook could have ensured that the reader had sufficient tutoring in pronunciation to avoid this tacky result. A very disappointing purchase, but I will persevere and try Mr Hewson without McMahon's involvement.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful